Social Sundays: Fun with Word Walls

It was a busy week as we come to the close of the grading period, and I'll admit I wasn't feeling very inspired as I sat down to write this week's Social Sunday post. But then I saw a fun word wall come through a social studies Facebook group, and I thought I'd share.

The one to the side was created for social studies but literally any topic would work. I created the one below for the Progressive Era. 

And then I thought wouldn't it be fun to have students create them for a unit.  It would be a great way to see what students took a way as the import the ideas and people from an era.

My general plan would be to:

1. Show students an example word wall.
2. Have students work individually or in small groups to brainstorm on a topic we've been studying.
3. Have students create a word wall from their brainstorm.

I think I could even try this activity at the beginning of a unit as a what do I already know kind of activity. This would be a great station activity for students to choose.  I haven't done a word wall with the class yet, but I'll post pictures when I have and let you know how it went.

Have you used word walls?  Share your ideas in the comments section below and check out some ideas for your social studies classroom.

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  1. I created a word splash (as Marzano calls them) from the lyrics to the Schoolhouse Rock "Shot Heard 'Round the World" that I use to review content of the American Revolution. I call on students to identify the various terms - Hessians, Yorktown, France,etc.

    1. Love that idea! So great. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I have a categorization activity in the Progressive Era Group Activity to help the students review the key ideas from the activity.


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